Kyanite: A strategic alternative for Russia’s aluminium industry?

By IM Staff
Published: Saturday, 21 May 2016

As Russia looks at reducing its bauxite imports amid geopolitical tensions, developing the Bolshie Keivy kyanite deposits near Murmansk to supply alumina to the domestic aluminium industry is a possible, if unlikely, route to self-sufficiency, Vladislav Vorotnikov, IM Correspondent, writes.

For several decades Russia’s government has been looking at possible options to develop a large kyanite-rich area on the Kola Peninsula in the northern Murmansk Oblast. 

Named Bolshie Keivy, meaning "big caves", the area contains 23 kyanite deposits with total estimated reserves of around 11bn tonnes, accounting for...

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